a month

it took a month
before they found
brautigan’s body
he killed himself
in september but
wasn’t discovered
until late october

he had grown
depressed
reclusive
despondent

still writing
but unwilling
or unable to
escape the dark

i wonder how long
it will take them
to find mine
if brautigan was
a well known writer
and it took a month
will i have lilacs
growing from my
vacant eye sockets
before someone notices
it has been a while
since anyone
heard from mike

he had grown
depressed
reclusive
despondent

still writing
but unwilling
or unable to
escape the dark

it took a month
to find the corpse
of richard brautigan
a pioneer of
this new fiction
and that doesn’t
seem to instill
much hope for
the rest of us

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